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Power Play (Portland Storm) (Volume 16) Paperback – June 29, 2017
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The books of the Portland Storm series are hockey romances, but they go much deeper than the sport of hockey. These books touch on real-world issues such as rape, cancer, miscarriage, bullying, PTSD, grief, addiction, and many other similar subjects. If you have triggers, be aware that these books may very well contain material which could trigger you. That said, I endeavor to tackle these issues with sensitivity and compassion.
Additionally, many readers have requested that I put a TISSUE WARNING on the books in this series. I've received notes from readers about every single book in the series, in which readers tell me how the characters and the story brought them to tears. You may not need tissues for each book--the story line that resonates most for you may not be the one that others responded to in that way--but don't say I didn't warn you.
On that note, I have another warning for you: my hockey players curse like...well...hockey players. And there is a fair amount of sex in these books. If cursing and sex aren't your cup of tea, these books probably won't be, either.
The PORTLAND STORM series reading order
ON THE FLY
TAKING A SHOT
LIGHT THE LAMP
DELAY OF GAME
IN THE ZONE
HOLIDAY HAT TRICK
LOSING AN EDGE
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing November 16, 2017)
FREE AGENT (releasing February 8, 2018)
JOURNEYMAN (releasing August 9, 2018)
The Portland Storm series is also being made available in boxed sets.
PORTLAND STORM: THE FIRST PERIOD contains Breakaway, On the Fly, Taking a Shot, and Light the Lamp
PORTLAND STORM: THE SECOND PERIOD contains Delay of Game, Double Major, In the Zone, Holiday Hat Trick, and Comeback
PORTLAND STORM: THE THIRD PERIOD contains Dropping Gloves, Home Ice, Mistletoe Misconduct, Losing an Edge, and Game Breaker
PORTLAND STORM: OVERTIME (releasing June 21, 2018) will contain Defensive Zone, Power Play, and Neutral Zone. Other boxed sets will follow.
Also look for Catherine Gayle's TULSA THUNDERBIRDS hockey romance series. The Thunderbirds series is a spin-off from the Storm, featuring some familiar characters, lots of hockey action, and the same emotional backdrop, put together in a sexier, edgier package. You do not need to read the Thunderbirds series to enjoy the Storm series, although there are likely to be a few storylines that overlap to a small degree.
BURY THE HATCHET
RITES OF PASSAGE
DREAM CATCHER (releasing May 10, 2018)
ON THE WARPATH (releasing November 8, 2018)
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE ONE, a boxed set containing Bury the Hatchet, Smoke Signals, and Ghost Dance
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE PEGS, a boxed set containing Rites of Passage, Rain Dance, and Dream Catcher, will release on September 27, 2018.
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In the meantime, let me gush over this book some. Things I loved about Power Play:1. It is about hockey. 2. It showed the importance of reading to kids. 3. This book focused on kids from bad homes, regardless of socio-economic level/ethnicity, and the importance of foster care, or another significant adult/family, making a difference in those kids' lives, regardless of socio-economic level/ethnicity/etc. (Both kids and fostering are near and dear to my heart.) 4. It told about animals, big or small, can be vicious or loving, largely due to how they are treated and trained. 5. It had such character development of the heroine, that as I watched her blossom and become more confident, I wanted to cheer. 6. The hilarious and brave antics of the animals in this story had me laughing, shouting and sharing each event with my husband whether he wanted to hear it or not. 7. I loved that the hero wasn't the easiest to love in other books but her sure turned into a loveable teddy bear in this one. 8. Ah, heck, I just loved the entire book but I'm going to stop here. (Otherwise, this review will be 112 pages long.)
I read it all in one day. It was that interesting. The first chapter really drew me in when Riley caught his fiancée cheating. Then comes Mackenzie's first chapter. I'll admit. I wasn't sure about her when I read that one. And the choice to get married instead of him just offering to let her stay at his place and fly back to the states with him was a little strange (but he was drunk so....).
I loved watching them fall for each other though. I also loved how Riley mentioned he wasn't a huge fan of Dani Williams (because I think that was a fairly common feeling from Gayle's readers after the reviews for her book).
Only complaint? The ending was a little strange. I don't want to give away any spoilers but it seemed kind of rushed although I liked the premise I would've liked to have known the why.
RJ and McKenzie together made the perfect couple even if their relationship didn't start in the most conventional way.